The Fresh Beauty team was so sweet to reach out recently and invite me to their Newbury Street location in Boston. I was able to get a preview of many of their holiday gift sets and the bundles that they’re offering this holiday season. I thought it would be so much fun to put together a list of my Fresh beauty holiday gift ideas for you guys. First of all, if you’re local to Boston and haven’t stopped into Fresh yet, you have to! The store looks so cute for the holiday season and the men and women who work there are so friendly and eager to help with product suggestions. You can test out all of the products at the large sink they have in the middle of the store. Also, you can even get a mini facial, which I got when I went in and it was so, so, relaxing! I highly recommend if you’re having a girls’ day around Boston or are out holiday shopping with your mom/other ladies in your life.
I’ve been a fan of Fresh for years, so imagine my surprise/embarrassment when I found out during this visit that the Fresh store on Newbury Street was the very FIRST Fresh store ever! How cool, right?! If you read about Fresh’s history it’s pretty amazing. It started back in 1991 in Boston as an apothecary with individually wrapped soaps for gifting. Founders Alina Roytberg and Lev Glazman always loved traveling, and recognized that different cultures have unique ingredients used in beauty rituals. As they traveled, they set out to discover these ingredients and incorporate them into their skincare products. Also, there was a deep belief held by both that skincare should be a sensory experience, and I truly think that Fresh has carried that with them today. They’re one of the few brands where I feel like that’s completely true. Luxurious ingredients, beautiful fragrances (without being overpowering or synthetic smelling), and truly just a wonderful experience using the products. If you’ve used them, you get what I mean!
My first “baby” was their Seaberry face oil; the first face oil I ever tried! It’s such a classic and is an amazing product. I was always scared to try a face oil for fear of making my face feel oily, but they’re a great way to get extra moisture in the winter months (just add a couple drops to your moisturizer for glowing skin the morning). A couple of others I’ve been a long time fan of are their Soy Face Cleanser and their Sugar Lip Treatment. My newest obsession? Their Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm. Heavenly and would make a great stocking stuffer!
In the biggest coincidence ever, the night I went in to peek around was the same night they were having a store party (open to the public). Who stopped in but co-founder Alina Roytberg herself. I truly had no idea she was scheduled to be in that night. I’ll admit I was incredibly nervous to speak with her and introduce myself, but as I was about to leave, she just happened to be standing next to me. I knew I had to introduce myself or I would regret it forever! She asked where I was from and we chatted about me living on the coast of Maine for most of my life, up until moving to Boston. She has fond memories of being in Camden, Maine (near my hometown)! We talked more about the coastline of California and how if you live near the ocean you are one lucky soul. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to chat with her, then you understand. She’s truly such a wonderful human being; so humble, warm, and so much fun to talk to. It was definitely a night to remember. Keep reading below for my Fresh Beauty holiday gift ideas!